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41-34947

B-26 Marauder

554BS, 386BG, 9AF "Lady Luck". Lost 10-Feb-44 when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. 1 x POW, 5 x KIA. MACR 2082.

Assigned Crew:
Standing from left: James Baxter, (CP); Emmett Curran, (P); Roy Stroud, (N/B). Kneeling from left: Robert Mixter, (E); John Lennon, (R); Robert Dall, (G)

Regular Crew was on a two week leave when fill in crew was shot down.
Crew: Pilot 1Lt Robert B Spencer (O-521555), Co-Pilot F/O Dayton B Mitstifer (T-186567),
Bombardier 1Lt Arch A Dennen Jr (O-666009), Mech / Gunner S/Sgt Gerard G Bergeron - (36178693), Radio / Gunner T/Sgt Richard R Faith (13087676), Arm / Gunner S/Sgt John L Dorton (35285622).

Service

Units

  • 9th Air Force
  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

  • 554th Bomb Squadron

People

  • James Baxter

    Military | Major | 386th Bomb Group
    James A Baxter Sr. served in the US Army for 22 years and retired. He flew 65 missions.

  • Gerard Bergeron

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Feb-44 in B-26 41-34947 'Lady Luck' when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2082 ...

  • Emmett Curran

    Military | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group

  • Robert Dall

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 386th Bomb Group

  • Arch Dennen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Feb-44 in B-26 41-34947 'Lady Luck' when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2082 Awards: PH.

  • John Dorton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Armourer / Gunner | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 554BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Feb-44 in B-26 41-34947 'Lady Luck' when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2082. ...

  • Richard Faith

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. ...

  • Dayton Mitstifer

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 451BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Feb-44 in B-26 41-34947 'Lady Luck' when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 2082. ...

  • Robert Spencer

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 386th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 554BS, 386BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 10-Feb-44 in B-26 41-34947 'Lady Luck' when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 2082. ...

Places

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Great Dunmow

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield, two miles north-west of Great Dunmow, was built in 1942-1943 by the US Army's 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), alongside British contractors. B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group moved in in September 1943, and in October the Group...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Middle River, MD, USA 1943

Built at Martin's.

Delivered Joint Base Andrews, MD, USA 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Great Dunmow, Dunmow CM6, UK 1944

Transferred at 554BS, 386BG, 9AF.

Crashed East of berck sur mer, France 10 February 1944

Lost 10-Feb-44 when flak shell hit fuel tank of starboard wing, wing detached at nacelle and A/C tumbled on fire. France. 1 x POW, 5 x KIA. MACR 2082.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2020 17:18:53 Baxterco Changes to description
Sources

updated crew info. From grandson of Co Pilot. James A Baxter

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2020 17:16:13 Baxterco Changes to description
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corrected info from Brain Gibbons

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2020 17:15:02 Baxterco Changes to nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
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Updated with correct info

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2017 21:16:00 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28714415

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 22:47:37 Tanks Changes to nicknames
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AAM Photo

Date Contributor Update
21 January 2015 22:36:30 Tanks Changes to nicknames
Sources

AAM Photo

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:06 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2082 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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